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Old May 21st, 2004, 04:20 PM   #1
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Three questions...

First : How do you "black" your tape? What exactly do you do to the camcorder to black your tape?

Second : I was reusing a tape that had already been recorded on before and I noticed that there were some glitches in my footage. Is this because I was recording over something or could it be dirty heads?

Thrid : What brand head cleaning cassette should I buy? I'm using a Sony trv950 and I always use Sony tapes. And how often should I clean them?

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Old May 21st, 2004, 05:04 PM   #2
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First: "Blacking", or "striping", a tape is nothing more than recording blackness from end to end generally as a prophylactic measure against time code breaks. It's a waste of head and tape wear. With just a bit of thoughtfulness and diligence even a rank amateur can avoid time code breaks. Don't bother.

Second: Impossible to say. Any opinion would be empty speculation.

Third: Brand makes no difference whatsoever. They're all basically the same. Use them sparingly, which means when you start to see break-up in your images and/or when you change brands of tape (hopefully rarely). Just be sure you use the cleaning tape exactly as directed on the packaging.
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Old May 21st, 2004, 05:20 PM   #3
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